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May 9, 2013

Stoops would like to see computers in future postseason selection process

NORMAN — The College Football Playoff has the dates and stadiums set for the end of the 2014 season. The issue that remains is deciding who will pick and seed the four teams.

Conference commissioners want a committee similar to the NCAA tournament selection committee. The hope is that a panel can be created that won’t have any biases.

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said that’s a pipe dream.

“Administrators have too much of a stake in it. Coaches have too much of a stake in it. We all have an agenda, and/or protect our conference; that doesn’t work,” he said. “Old coaches have the same thing. Old coaches may go to bed too early. I go to bed early. They’re not going to watch USC play at 9, 10 at night. I don’t know what’s a good answer to that to be quite honest with you.”

The conference commissioners have to come up with one by the 2014 season. The goal is to pick the best four teams, but that’s a subjective process. The human element is part of a process the OU coach was never a fan of to begin with. He would like to see the computers still be part of the process or something akin to the Ratings Percentage Index, used in college basketball and baseball, used by the playoff selection committee.

The one thing the RPI does is reward teams for playing quality opponents.

“Otherwise, why are we going to Notre Dame this year? Why travel to Florida State two years ago?” Stoops asked. “If you’re not going to be rewarded for it, then play a bunch of softies and try and be undefeated. It should matter. Otherwise, we’re going to have to reconsider why we’re playing these games and why play anybody?”

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